The Maytag JetClean Plus MDB8959AWW has an excellent overall blend of features, design, low noise and price. Design-wise, it has the sleek look of a luxury dishwasher, with a hidden control panel and a single, wide handle. In comparison tests, the machine gets high scores for both cleaning performance and energy efficiency, but it's louder than high-end models like the Kenmore Elite 13962 (*Est. $1,170) . Owners don't seem to mind, however; most reviews are very positive, with particular compliments for quietness. The most common complaint is that installation instructions are hard to follow.
This dishwasher's features include a steam option, a rinse-only cycle, a sanitary cycle, an adjustable top rack and a stainless-steel tub. It also has a hard-food disposer, although that does add somewhat to the machine's noise level. If your budget is tight, the Maytag JetClean Plus MDB7749AWW (*Est. $550) offers many of the same features, but has fewer cycles and the upper rack isn't adjustable.
The JetClean Plus MDB8959AWW is included in professional tests conducted by ConsumerReports.org, where it also receives about 15 owner reviews. We found additional user comments at Sears.com, HomeDepot.com and Buzzillions.com. The Maytag brand as a whole gets only middling scores for reliability in J.D. Power and Associates' latest survey, but we found few complaints about repairs for this model.
The Maytag JetClean Plus MDB8959AWW is one of more than 135 standard dishwashers evaluated for cleaning performance, efficiency, noise and ease of use. Results are reported in a comparison chart, with details available for specific models. In addition, about 16 subscribers post reviews.
Review: Recommended Dishwashers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Last updated Aug. 2011
Altogether, there are about 70 user reviews at Sears.com for the various colors of the Maytag MDB8959AWW. Most say the dishwasher cleans very well and is quiet, with a nice-looking design. However, several owners say installation is a pain.
Review: Maytag JetClean Plus 24" Built-In Dishwasher with Fully Integrated Door, Contributors to Sears.com, As of Feb. 2012
More than 80 owners post reviews for the Maytag JetClean Plus MDB8959AWW. They say it gets dishes "squeaky clean" and is reasonably quiet, although a few complain about noise.
Review: Maytag JetClean Plus Built-In Tall Tub Dishwasher, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of Feb. 2012
We found more than 50 user reviews here for the stainless version of the Maytag JetClean Plus MDB8959AWW. Owners give this dishwasher 4.1 stars out of 5, saying it's attractive and quiet, with good cleaning performance and simple controls.
Review: Maytag 24" Tall Tub Built-In Dishwasher, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of Feb. 2012
5. J.D. Power & Associates
The annual appliance survey by J.D. Power and Associates doesn't evaluate specific models, but it does rank dishwasher brands as a whole based on such factors as design, performance and ease of use. Maytag is in the middle of the pack, with average scores in every category.
Review: 2011 Home Appliance Study: Dishwasher, Editors of J.D. Power and Associates, Aug. 3, 2011